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Lyall McCarthy receives Order of Australia

The Rowing Australia Board and Staff, join with the entire rowing community, in being delighted to congratulate Lyall McCarthy on receiving the Order of Australia, General Division, for Services to Rowing in this morning’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The current Pathways Head Coach of Rowing Australia has contributed significantly to the sport of rowing both as an athlete and coach. This includes coaching 18 World Rowing Championship and/or Olympic medal crews. Eight of these crews won gold medals, of which one of course was  Kim Brennan who Lyall coached to Olympic Gold in the Women’s Single at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Lyall was named the AIS Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2005, the Rowing Australia Coach of the Year in 2003, 2005, 2015 and 2016 and is a member of the Rowing Victoria Hall of Fame. Lyall is McVilly-Pearce Rower Number 295 and is a 1978 World Championships bronze medallist in the Lightweight Men’s Eight.

Rowing Australia CEO, Ian Robson said: “We are absolutely thrilled to see Lyall honoured in such a way for his services to our great sport of rowing. His OAM is extremely deserving for someone who has dedicated, and continues to dedicate, his life to rowing. His significant contributions to our sport from an athlete through to a coach are warranting of celebration and I join with the rest of the community in congratulating Lyall on his Order of Australia.”


Lyall McCarthy celebrates with Kim Brennan after she was crowned Olympic champion at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games